FILMS FOR PLAIN SAILING

The West German company VFW-Fokker has developed a new type of nautical simulator which should make life easier for people learning to steer ships. Conventional simulators, best known for training aircraft pilots, form pictures from 10,000 or more lines or geometric shapes. A computer selects the frames and the order in which they are displayed onto the screen. But because a computer does not generate the images, VFW-Fokker says that an operator needs virtually no knowledge of computers to be able to run the simulator. According to the company, its technique gives a better simulation of the real world than existing equipment. The firm plans to install one of its first simulators in a Norwegian nautical college in Trondheim, where the student will be trained in one room that is fitted out to look like a bridge, while the operator controls the equipment from a second conventionally furnished room.

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-8-2

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  • Pagination: p. 369
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 83
    • Issue Number: 1166
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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  • Accession Number: 00301399
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1979 12:00AM